Lonja de la Seda

Situated in the heart of Valencia, next to the historic Mercado Central, Lonja de la Seda is one of the greatest examples of late Gothic architecture in Europe. The majestic property has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique aesthetics and outstanding cultural value.

Lonja de la Seda
Photo by Arturo Lopez Castel

Envisioned by architects Pere Compte, Joan Ibarra, and Johan Corbera, the 15th-century structure was initially used as a trading exchange for oil, but it later developed into a major maritime trading center and silk exchange. Nowadays, it is a symbol of Valencia’s Golden Age and a living proof that Spain’s third largest metropolis was once one of the greatest mercantile cities on the Mediterranean Sea.

Spanning a rectangular area of over 2,000 square metres, the complex consists of three distinct buildings and a beautiful patio filled with orange trees.

Half of its surface is occupied by the magnificent Sala de Contratación, with its exquisite Flamboyant Gothic style, impressive spiral columns, and intricate decorations. The other sections include the three-storey Consulado del Mar, which now houses the Cultural Academy of Valencia, and the Tower, where lies the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Also known as Llotja de la Seda (Valencian) or the Silk Market (English), La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia is a masterpiece of Gothic civil architecture and one of the city’s main tourist attractions.

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